You know how to finish scroll saw projects. You have even completed projects that were difficult and time consuming. The problem is that some people never learn how to finish scroll saw projects well. In this article, I will share with you how to finish scroll saw projects with ease.
No matter your experience or your level of skill, a scroll saw is a staple in your woodworking plans. The scroll saw is used for detailed woodworking projects because it allows you to make many small cuts in a single stroke. You need a smooth, flat, wood piece so that the cutting motion will be smooth and consistent. A good pattern for your scroll saw is going to explore some of the best things that you can do with this amazing tool and point you to great resources where you will find a plethora of patterns and instruction on how to complete projects with your scroll saw.
The first thing you should consider in your pattern is the layout or the cutout. The layout refers to how the wood will be cut around the outside of your scroll saw pattern. Each cutout will create a line that will connect the cutting edges of the wood and the adjacent pieces of wood to the next. You should be sure to space your cutouts properly between each one. If your layout is off by too much, you may end up with cracked pieces or uneven wood.
Another important thing you should consider in your pattern is the thickness of the material. This is very important because the thickness will determine how light or heavy your scroll project will be. Lighter wood tends to move more easily than heavier woods, and will require you to make more quick cuts with your scroll saw. If you want easy scroll saw patterns where there is no need to exert any force to cut the wood, then a lighter material is what you should use.
For even easier scroll saw patterns, you should consider the addition of a wood blank that has been cut to the appropriate depth. Wood blank inserts can be purchased at many home improvement stores and are easy to install on your saw. When installing a wood blank in your pattern, be sure to leave enough room to be able to safely slide the blank through the wood blank. You will also want to drill pilot holes in the wood blank before you attach it to your saw’s rail.
If you want a unique design that cannot be found anywhere else, try making your own pattern. In order to create your own custom pattern, you should cut out a series of evenly spaced circular patterns on the wood blank using the scroll saw’s cutting wheels. When you have finished your first round of cuts, you should transfer your cuts to your cutting template and then use the jigsaw to round out your pattern. Be sure to wear safety glasses when you try making your own patterns because some woodworkers prefer to work by hand and not with saws. Once you have completed your own pattern, be sure to use finishing oil so that your wood works will be protected.
If your scroll saw patterns need to be finished using some type of finishing compound, be sure to use removable adhesive paper between your cuts. A thin layer of removable adhesive paper is important because it prevents the wood blank from sticking to the adhesive paper as you make each cut. Remove the removable adhesive paper and lay the wood blank back on the cutting wheel. Use the rotary tool in order to cut away the extra paper, and then push the front of the blade against the back of the blank in order to seal the cut. Finishing off your pattern by using finishing oil will ensure that your project is strong and free of bumps or burrs.
Some scroll saw patterns may require you to use graph paper while others are simple enough to use plain paper. Regardless of your choice, be sure that you complete your pattern accurately, especially if you plan on following it to the letter. The lines on your graph paper will show up exactly, and you don’t want to miss out on any steps in your pattern. Finishing off a project correctly can mean the difference between creating an accurate pattern and creating a finished product that looks less professional than it really is.